Sometimes I’m like the Israelites in Exodus 20:19 where they say to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

I become content with second hand messages from God. I am afraid of being intimate with God, afraid of being alone in God’s presence. I don’t know what area of my life God will bring to my attention. He may challenge me to be more generous, to be more gracious, or to be more humble. Maybe he will really take me out of my comfort zone by asking to do something I haven’t done before. In God’s presence nothing is out of bounds and I am reminded of the Jean Church quote: “God is changeless. He will be unusual, He won’t strike an average anywhere. He will get out of bounds and meet us on any level with His patience and His love and His bounty.”

Yes, there are days when I am tempted to keep God at arm’s length, but I find when I do, my faith becomes dull, boring, and hard work.